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Santiago de Compostela becomes a smart city thanks to the guidance solution deployed by Urbiotica

The municipality of Santiago de Compostela, which has more than 96.000 inhabitants, becomes a Smart City thanks to Urbiotica’s implementation of 82 U-Spot M2M sensors.

Due to the large number of tourists throughout the year and the lack of parking places in the downtown area, the citizens of Santiago de Compostela had a very difficult time parking when driving to the city center. The city Council commissioned the project with the aim of speeding up the parking of vehicles to reduce the unnecessary traffic caused by drivers in search of free spaces, as well as the associated pollution

The problem has been solved thanks to the installation of 82 M2M single space detection sensors deployed in 4 outdoor parking areas, that detect the occupancy of the parking spaces to transmit the availability in real time to users through the ParkTime APP. Now drivers are guided directly to the free spaces.

Source:  lavozdegalicia.es

The M2M sensors chosen for this project greatly simplify the installation, and send the collected data directly through the mobile network to the platform. The data is sent to the client and integrated there into their system through the Urbiotica API. The Client’s system concentrates this data together with the other information gathered from the indoor parking lots. This allows them to transmit the global information of the availability of all the parking areas to the users, through their dynamic message signs installed on the street to guide users to the areas with free spots.

How does the system works?

Urbiotica’s solution equips each parking space with a sensor in order to detect if it’s occupied or not, and transmit this information to users through de APP or dynamic message signs so that they can decide which zone is better to head to. The M2M sensor, is a wireless and autonomous sensor that uses magnetic technology to detect in real time the occupancy of a parking space, as well as the duration of parking.

  • The user drives to a free parking space guided by the information displayed on the APP or street displays, and parks the vehicle. The U-Spot M2M sensor detects this arrival and sends the information to the platform.
  • The platform collects the data and sends the updated information to the panels with the new availability, which in this case will indicate one available space less.
  • When the vehicle is removed, U-Spot M2M no longer detects its presence. It sends information again so that the system transmits that the space is unoccupied again.
  • At U-Admin platform, the manager can manage the published information, as well as set-up, monitor, and consult all the system information.

Benefits

The benefits offered to the city and citizens are several:

For the city:

  • The use of parking spaces is optimized thanks to the speed up of parking.
  • It avoids unnecessary circulation in search of a free space and therefore the traffic and chaos generated by it.
  • Encourages the use of public transport and other mobility options.
  • Stimulates trade at the city center thanks to the improved user experience. Making it easy favors the willingness of citizens to move around, and increases the affluence to stores in the area.
  • The solution reduces traffic and pollution, therefore increases citizen satisfaction and well-being.

For users:

  • It drastically reduces the time spent for parking. Drivers are guided directly to free spaces, which means they save time and discomfort.
  • Drivers can plan their time and route better based on the availability information provided in the APP and message signs on-street that let them know the occupancy status of each zone.
  • They live and move around in a city with less pollution.
  • It improves their overall well-being.
You will be interested: Outdoor urban parking guidance

 

Other links of interest:

U-Spot M2M parking sensor

ParkTime APP for users

More Smart Parking success stories

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Second phase of the limited-time parking project in Castellbisbal

Three years after transforming the first pay by space zone into a free time-limited parking area, the Castellbisbal City Council has decided to expand the 24 monitored spaces to a total of 67 in a second phase of the Catalan city’s Smart City project.

In 2018 the locality made a first test by converting some pay-by-space parking spots into a free parking zone for a limited time, with the aim of increasing vehicle rotations in these areas of the city center and, thus increase the availability and satisfaction of citizens.

Source: https://www.castellbisbal.cat     Aleix Mateu Falguera

 

The control and guidance solution for the Castellbisbal time-limited parking lot has a total of 67 spaces now monitored with U-Spot magnetic sensors..The system allows users to be guided to free spaces while ensuring efficient control of parking time compliance. Users have one hour to park for free in the new orange parking zone. The control is guaranteed thanks to the App for the Local Police, with which they will no longer have to carry out the usual and inefficient vehicle-to-vehicle inspection rounds to ensure compliance with the regulations. Now this management is replaced by a system of automatic alerts when an infraction is detected. This will only require intervention in those cases in which they are notified of a user who has exceeded the allowed parking time.

The aim of this improvement is to reduce the number of vehicles driving in search of a free space and to allow citizens to move more easily to the city center. At the same time, it avoids having cars parked for long periods of time and resolves a situation of shortage of parking spaces and high demand for them.

 

Benefits of the solution implemented in Castellbisbal

  • The costs of parking area control are optimized, since it will only be necessary to intercede in cases in which an overtime violation is detected and alerted. In this way, it is possible to optimize resources and prioritize the surveillance of the most conflictive areas.
  • More available parking spaces thanks to the higher vehicle rotationBetter user experience. The willingness of citizens to go to the center increases, as they can check available parking spaces and be guided directly to them. They know that they have one hour to do their business and can check the remaining time.
  • By reducing the time spent looking for parking spaces, there is a positive impact on traffic, pollution and the attractiveness of the city.
  • Businesses in the area are greatly benefited, as they are assured of a greater influx of clients

 

Youmay be interested in: Integral solution for limited time control for free parking

 

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Other links of interest:

U-Spot. Single space detection sensor

ParkTime: APP for users

Free Limited Time solution

Another success stories of Free Limited Time

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Urbiotica will collaborate with SABA and EGIS implementing 868 sensors in a new intelligent parking project in Viseu (Portugal)

The municipality of Viseu, located in Portugal and with almost 100,000 habitants, will become a smart city thanks to the implementation of a sensor system that will ease the vehicle guidance, as well as the control of the parking spaces.  

Urbiotica has been selected by Saba and Egis Group as the best technological option to provide a reliable and efficient solution to the project. Saba is a reference industrial operator in the development of solutions in the field of urban mobility, present in Europe and Latin America, and specialized in parking management. On the other side, Egis is an international group that operates in sectors of mobility services and construction engineering. Both companies collaborate through the company Semovepark Viseu to manage the regulated parking service of the municipality.

The project will include the deployment of a total of 868 Fastprk duo sensors in the payment areas of the on-street public road. Fastprk’s smart parking system uses the LoRa communication protocol and combines magnetic detection with infrared, providing a very reliable and high precision solution over time with this double detection. The sensor immediately detects any change in the occupation of a parking space with an accuracy of 98%.

Thanks to this technology the occupation data will be transmitted to the users indicating them where to find free spaces, allowing to reduce drastically the time invested in finding parking. On the other hand, the system will allow to detect in real time the fraud due to lack of payment or if the time paid by the user has been exceeded. Likewise, the management and control of these spaces will be much more efficient.

This solution allows the municipality to optimize its control operations and therefore increase the rotation of vehicles in the area, so that a greater number of people can enjoy the use of the places. It is a clear advantage for vehicles looking for parking, as well as for the rest of the drivers who circulate with less congestion and the citizens who enjoy a more relaxed and sustainable environment.

 

Other links of interest: 

Saba 

Egis 

Fastprk duo 

Smart parking solutions 

Urban parking guidance 

Smart parking success stories 

 

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Urbiotica releases an end-2-end solution to control the use of reserved parking spaces

Urbiotica has developed a complete solution to control the use of the reserved parking spaces for loading and unloading users, persons with reduced mobility, and electric vehicles. 

The misuse of parking spaces reserved for specific uses has an important and negative impact on urban mobility and is a pain in the neck for most public administrations.  

A clear example is the fraudulent use of parking spots reserved for people with reduced mobility. The abusive use of these places causes significant disruption to the lives of this vulnerable group, which needs these special places located near the access points in order to carry out their daily activities. Another common situation in cities is parking violations in loading and unloading areas, making delivery vehicles double park with the consequent chaos and discomfort in the area. It is also frequent to find users who are badly parked in the spaces reserved for the electric charging of vehicles, preventing the proper development of urban sustainable mobility plans. 

In order to guarantee fluid and sustainable mobility in the cities, as well as the well-being of the inhabitants, it is essential to ensure that the regulations for the use of these reserved parking areas are respected. The challenge for city managers and parking operators lies in the ability to improve and optimize the service, applying technology to the process. 

With this new solution, Urbiotica offers municipalities and companies the opportunity to manage regulated spaces efficiently, achieving a much more effective control and greater productivity of the area. 

      Loading and Unloading                              PRM                                         Limited Free Time                           Electric Vehicles

 

 

The solution is composed of: 

  • U-Spot is a sensor installed in the parking space that uses magnetic technology to detect in real-time the entry and exit of vehicles in the parking spaces as well as the duration of the session. The M2M version of the sensor also stands out because it does not need a gateway to transmit the data, making it the ideal solution for scattered parking spaces applications. By using the new NB-IoT protocol, the costs of deploying these types of projects are drastically reduced, providing an efficient solution to scenarios in which a suitable technological system could not be guaranteed until now. 
  • The ParkTime APP is designed for citizens authorized to use the reserved spaces. It informs these users (people with reduced mobility, carriers, …), about where to find available reserved places, and allows them to declare their arrivals and departures. The APP digitalizes the parking permits and complies with the user identification requirements for correct application. It has been designed with geofence and push notification functionalities that offer a useful and very simple experience to users. 
  • The ParkCTRL APP matches the user information with the occupancy status of the parking spot and time spent by the vehicle. Through the APP the guards can consult the information and be alerted in case of fraud, exponentially optimizing the control routes. 

  • The U-Admin platformincluding the alert engine and an API, allows the management and supervision of the solution, as well as the authorization of the ParkTime APP users. The solution is 100% flexible and can be easily integrated with third-party APPs. 

 

How does it works?

The identification and control of the users parked in each parking space drastically reduces the infractions and increases vehicle rotations in the spaces, which impacts favorably on the parking availability. This greater availability is transmitted to users through the ParkTime App, increasing the possibilities and speed of finding a free parking space. In addition, the real-time display of alerts makes it possible to optimizthe control operations and the resources allocated to this management and to prioritize the areas with the most infringements. 

4 Spanish cities have already decided to put their trust in Urbiotica to control a total of 2.000 reserved parking spaces, plus international experiences are expected soon. 

Keep posted to learn more about these exciting projects! 

 

 

Links of interest:

Urbiotica

Smart parking solutions

Solution for reserved areas for loading and unloading

Solution for places reserved for people with reduced mobility

Solution for limited time reserved areas

Smart parking projects

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Javier Paniagua, Smart City Manager at Telefónica shares his vision about the impact of NB-IOT on the Smart Cities

 

Telefónica is one of the operators providing NB-IOT connectivity in Spain, but also one of the first integrators to deploy a project using Urbiotica’s new U-Spot M2M sensor. Javier Paniagua, Smart City Manager at Telefónica, shared his vision related to the impact of this new technology on the urban solutions, and how this opens up a world of opportunities for the Smart Cities.

 

– Javier Paniagua – Smart Cities Manager 

 

Javier, what does the NB-IOT protocol deliver to the Smart City sector?

The major cases of IOT use in the urban environment have already been identified: waste collection optimization, public lighting, water meter monitoring, and definitely smart parking. Many projects have already been deployed through various types of radio networks. Our experience until now tells us that this connectivity is really complex and also involves many additional costs: design, deployment and especially maintenance. Any radio network needs at the very least 24/7 monitoring and maintenance. On the other hand, these kinds of projects must be designed with a long-term perspective. Connectivity costs must be correctly characterized and controlled in order not to assume technological risks that imply some hidden surprises.

What the NB-IOT really provides is a standardization of this connectivity layer with a very low consumption solution, incorporating a homogeneous coverage maintained by the operator, providing a plug & play response to the market needs: less hardware, easy deployment and no maintenance. Connectivity management is totally integrated into the monitoring and maintenance processes of the mobile networks ensured by Telefónica. Therefore, it is not necessary to have a parallel contract to carry out the management of a dedicated network.

Technological evolution is one of the operator’s pillars. We ensure that there is a medium- and long-term vision of the technologies to be deployed. We can finally focus on the use and real benefits that these solutions offer to the public administrations.

 

Urbiotica launched the new U-Spot M2M parking sensor with NB-IOT connectivity during the past Smart City Expo edition. Telefónica is our first customers for this new sensor that today has projects underway to deployed in more than 2000 parking spaces. What can you tell us about it?

As far as we have seen until now, it maintains the performance offered by the traditional solution in terms of reliability and robustness. Which is great. It is evident that projects for scattered areas spaces cannot be carried out with a dedicated radio network, due to the average cost per space. But I’m thinking beyond these use cases. I’m sure the M2M version of the U-Spot will also be used in cases of higher density spaces such as urban centers, because of the simplicity it brings.

 

Telefónica has been working with Urbiotica for some time now. What would you highlight after these years of collaboration?

We’ve been working together for about four years. The relationship has always flown really natural. You are one of the longest running companies in the IOT world. We did some first project together about 3 or 4 years ago, and since then we keep on working and the relationship is very good.

Urbiotica is a small company, although it is growing. This gives you a flexibility that not all companies have. This is really important when working for the Public Administration, because each project is different from the other. Working with Urbiotica we can face each project with an ad hoc and concrete strategy. Your knowledge, together with ours, allows us to deal each project independently.

You have plenty of experience in the IOT market applied to Smart Cities. All this experience is reflected in a high quality and very mature product.  Both in functionality and price. It allows us to create differential proposals.

 

Why Urbiotica? Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others?

In addition to sensor systems, we have worked with several communication technologies such as LORA (not so much), SIGFOX, WIFI network… and also with other types of detection technologies. When we talk about video, there are many limitations in terms of maintenance. I don’t feel comfortable working with cameras. The video is not mature and the maintenance costs don’t make sense. They’re not ready yet.

There were also other solutions similar to yours. But Urbiotica has a very well prepared and tested solution.

The collaboration is very close right now. Talking about NB-IOT connectivity, you’re the only company with which we are working hand to hand, to put our network at your disposal so you can invest in products for the market. We could have done it with other competitors, but they have not had that desire to innovate in the product. Besides, they are always a few steps behind you.

Your market knowledge is reflected in the product and this makes you have a very competitive solution.

 

Would you like to comment on the relationship and the attention received by Urbiotica?

Sure. Many departments at Telefónica are involved with Urbiotica : sales, pre-sales, product, operations, business development, etc. The whole chain works with you. We all agree that the flexibility and the ease of working together is extraordinary and really uncommon when working with providers.

In terms of product development there are things I have never seen before. Not all companies do this, and neither do we perform like this with other suppliers. We really appreciate it.

 

 

Other links of interest:

Urbiotica

Smart Parking Solutions

Smart parking Projects

 

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URBAN LAB Sant Feliu integrates Urbiotica’s traffic monitoring solution

 

The City of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, suburb of Barcelona, has selected Urbiotica as a provider for the traffic monitoring system deployed at the Carrer del Pla area in the framework of its macro Smart City project called “Urban Lab Sant Feliu”.

The Urban Lab Sant Feliu project aims to ease the validation and prototyping of new urban services, either directed to the citizens or to the services’ managers.  With up to 10.000 vehicles a day, Carrer del Pla is one of the most transited areas of the city and offers an ideal context for the deployment of the system.

Urbiotica’ urban traffic monitoring system gives the following information lane per lane and globally:

  • Vehicle volume
  • Road Occupancy
  • Classification of vehicles per speed and size
  • Average speed
  • Average size per vehicle category
  • Average time between vehicles
  • Traffic density

This information is typically used by the city to determine if the urban mobility plan should be adjusted with actions such as widening lanes, deviations or other alternatives.

Urbiotica’ U-Admin platform is integrated with the Sentilo open platforms of both Sant Feliu city and Barcelona province, to allow both public and private consultation.

 

Sentilo Platform (Sant Feliu)

 

What is Urban Lab?

The Urban Lab Sant Feliu project consists of test spaces and testing dynamics that aim to facilitate the prototyping and validation of Smart City ideas, projects and urban innovations, whether aimed to citizens or service managers.  This open city innovation application also seeks to generate public-private alliances and collaborations.

 

 

Other links of interest:

Urbiotica

U-Flow Traffic System 

Other Traffic Monitoring projects

 

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Urbiotica launches the new U-Spot M2M parking sensor and its Traffic solution during the 2019 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress

 

“Cities made of dreams” is the slogan of the 2019 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, held in Barcelona.  The most urgent issues to be faced during this edition are digital transformation, urban environment, mobility, governance and finance as well as inclusive and shared cities. Urbiotica has supported the event since its first edition, with the aim at contributing to the incessant struggle to improve how cities are managed and turn them into more efficient, smart and sustainable places to live.

We will have a greater presence at the Fair this year to be able to present all the developments of our parking, traffic, and noise monitoring solutions. We will take advantage of the SCEWC to explain in detail two strategic launches designed to improve the mobility of cities, and which will also have a very special promotion these days::

  • New U-Spot M2M release. The new parking sensor communicates directly with the platform without the need of a Gateway, greatly simplifying the deployment of the projects. The system completes Urbiotica’s range of parking solutions for the control of regulated parking and urban guidance.

The new sensor works with the same reliability as U-Spot 2.0 and has up to a 10-year lifetime. The product is already impacting the market with over 2000 sensors planned to be installed next semester in 3 Smart City projects in Spain.

During the Smart City Expo and to celebrate the new sensor launch, visitors may aim at getting one of the starter kits of the system that Urbiotica will deliver during the days of the Fair.

  • Launch of the Traffic solution for urban and interurban monitoring. The system is based on the U-Flow traffic sensor, Urbiotica’s magnetic and wireless counting sensor, which allows cities and road infrastructure managers to achieve sustainable mobility through the analysis of continuous and reliable real-time data, such as:

                             o   Vehicle volume and traffic density

                             o   Classification by speed and size

                             o   The time between vehicles and road occupancy.

Among other benefits, this solution stands out for its low installation and maintenance cost, total respect for the privacy of drivers and its ability to integrate with third-party systems, either from Urbiotica’s cloud or directly from the gateway

We hope to show you these and many other developments if you visit us at Hall 2 – Booth A150. Come around or set up a meeting in advance at: info@urbiotica.com

 

Mapa Smart City Expo World Congress. Stand de Urbiotica.

 

Other links of interest:

Urbiotica

U-Spot M2M Release

Starter Kit Gift Promotion

Smart Parking Solutions

Noise solution

Smart City Expo World Congress

 

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Interview with Sergio Castellar (Pavapark)

 

Sergio Castellar from Pavapark gave us an interview in which he talked about his experience working with Urbiotica.

Pavapark is a Valencian Company specialized in urban mobility, part of the PAVASAL Group, which has been active for 75 years. Pavapark is a leader in urban mobility management, Smart City solutions and in the integration of people with difficult access to the labor market.

 

Sergio, can you explain how you got to know Urbiotica?

It all began with a project we had in Calpe (Alicante). We wanted to implement technology to get occupancy information and test the single space sensing systems. In order to do so, we carried out a market research. We finally selected Urbiotica because it had the most mature solution and because it was the one that best suited the problems we had in Calpe. In this way, we sensed 34 regulated parking spaces located in Alemania Street and installed a Variable Message Sign to identify the available spaces.

 

Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others?

We analyzed other options such as solutions using loops or cameras. Pavapark always looks for the best technology according to the client needs and in this sense, single space sensor detection was the solution that best adapted to the installation. We looked over other projects implemented by Urbiotica in some municipalities, which conveyed us confidence, and so we chose to work with Urbiotica. The other systems didn’t fit in the conditions and needs required for this project. We see that other types of systems are not mature enough yet.

 

Tell us about the last project you carried out in cooperation with Urbiotica in Alzira (Valencia). You installed a sum of 70 U-Spot sensors in 2 phases to collect information about the occupation and be able to transmit it through VMS.

Indeed, we installed 70 sensors on Santos Patronos Street, a commercial and central street in which there is a lot of vehicle rotation. The City Council needed to have information about the use made of the spaces. The system is located in a regulated parking area and therefore helps us to know the rotations and productivity of those spaces. It allows us to know how long a vehicle has been parked and when it exceeds the time limit, which in this case is 2 hours. We have placed 2 VMS that give real time information concerning the number of free spaces allowing drivers to decide to look for another option to park their vehicles if there are few spaces available.

 

 

Moviltik is an App using the data collected by the system. How did the integration work?

It’s a regulated parking area. We use this application for parking payment management. With the new system integrated in the application, now through Moviltik app we also inform users of the number of available spaces. We access via API and collect the data from the system to notify the user through this App.

As for the installation, we connected the concentrators to the electrical network of the municipality street lamps. The deployment of the sensors was very simple. Everything is working very well.

 

 

Are you satisfied with Urbiotica’s parking solutions?

We are very satisfied with the solution. On one side, we would like to point out that the delivery and supply of all the material is very fast because it is a proved and tested solution that works well. On the other side, the installation is not complex and the civil work that needs to be done is relatively simple. And above all, it is very important for us that when we have had an urgency in times of implementation, Urbiotica has responded according to our needs and the technical support is immediate. The availability of Urbiotica technicians is total.

 

Regarding the relationship, attention and follow-up of the project. How did you feel working with Urbiotica?

We’re delighted. Both technically and commercially. The response on your side has always been immediate. You have always attended us, and we have been able to resolve any incident quickly.

 

Can you tell us about the improvements or benefits of this system for the citizen as well as for the parking manager?

Facilitating parking in this downtown area leads to a decrease in congestion. In the same way, this reduces the stress of the citizen when looking for parking, making this procedure easy and fast. In addition, the commerce and services are revitalized because the citizens move more to the city center than before.

The overall system also has a clear benefit for the parking manager as he can see that there is more rotation and that vehicles are no longer left parked indefinitely. The team is provided with the necessary information to make predictions and design actions and mobility policies based on real data and thus ensure that there is a more rigorous vigilance of the area and that it is more efficient.

 

And what can you tell us about the final client, the Alzira City Council? Are they satisfied with the solution implemented?

Alzira City Council was delighted with the implementation period we carried out and they are satisfied with the service because they see that it is having a return and that citizens see it as an advantage.

 

Other links of interest:

Urbiotica

Smart parking solutions

Other smart parking projects

More information about Pavapark

Alzira

 

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The city of Alzira advances with its new project towards a Smart City model with Urbiotica’s technology

 

Alzira is a town in full growth and continuous change.  The city council decided to launch a project to improve parking management which contemplates the deployment of Urbiotica’s solution to achieve efficient, smart and safe mobility.

 

Pavapark is the company that leads the project and selected Urbiotica’s technology as the best one to approach Alzira’s circumstances. Pavapark is a leading company in urban mobility management, Smart City solutions, as well as in the integration of people with difficult access to the labor market. The company, based in Valencia, is committed to innovative mobility solutions that adapt to people’s needs.

 

This deployment aims to ease mobility in the city center by improving the parking management in order to increase user satisfaction, boost the local commerce and at the same time reduce the pollution generated by an excess of vehicles driving in search of a parking space.

 

“We analyzed other options such as solutions using loops or cameras. Pavapark always looks for the best technology according to the client needs and in this sense, single space sensor detection was the solution that best adapted to the installation. We looked over other projects implemented by Urbiotica in some municipalities, which conveyed us confidence, and so we chose to work with Urbiotica. The other systems didn’t fit in the conditions and needs required for this project.”

Sergio Castellar of Pavapark

 

– Sergio Castellar – Systems Manager of Pavapark

 

 

The smart parking solution was installed in a central commercial street, Avenida Santos Patronos, where there is a regulated parking area. Urbiotica provided a total of 70 U-Spot sensors. This system captures the data and transmits in real time the availability of free spaces to users through U-Display variable message signs located at each end of the avenue.

 

Variable Message Sign in Alzira

 

According to Sergio Castellar: “The system is located in a regulated parking area and therefore helps us to know the rotations and productivity of those spaces. It allows us to know how long a vehicle has been parked and when it exceeds the time limit, which in this case is 2 hours.”

 

Urbiotica’s system will be integrated into Pavapark’s Moviltik App, which is used to manage the parking payment. The system is accessed via API in order to incorporate the collected data and transmit information concerning the parking availability in the area through the app.

 

The Urbiotica solution implemented in Alzira is a win-win-win. Improved mobility clearly benefits citizens, who can park faster, easier and without stress. They are more likely to move to the city center if they can use and park their vehicle easily. Local commerce is revitalized. The parking operator, by improving the vehicle rotation, optimizes the exploitation of the regulated zone and obtains information in real time that allows him to make predictions and design actions and mobility policies based on real data. On the other hand, the City Council is satisfied with the improvements in the city, which is now more modern, technological and healthy for everyone. A Smart City that satisfies everyone.

 

 “We are really happy with the solution. On one side, we would like to point out that the delivery and supply of all the material is very fast because it is a proved and tested solution that works well. On the other side, the installation is not complex and the civil work that needs to be done is relatively simple. And above all, it is very important for us that when we have had urgency in times of implementation, Urbiotica has responded according to our needs and the technical support is immediate. The availability of Urbiotica technicians is total.”

 

“Alzira City Council was delighted with the implementation period we carried out and is satisfied with the service because they see that it is having a return and that citizens see it as an advantage.”

 

Variable Message Sign

 

Other links of interest:

Urbiotica

Smart parking solutions

Other smart parking projects

More information about Pavapark

Alzira

 

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Rek Parking launches a project based on the sensorization of more than 700 spaces in Bento, Brazil

 

Rek Parking, Bento’s regulated parking operator, relies once again on Urbiotica’s smart parking solutions to enhance the service offered to the city. The project, currently in an initial pilot phase, will require more than 700 U-Spot parking sensors to be implemented in the city center to improve mobility while optimizing the management of the regulated parking area.

 

Bento’s mobility project began in early May on Rua Barão do Rio Branco and will be extended to other parking areas to provide citizens with real-time information about free spaces, retrievable for the users through the new Rek Parking application Rek Pay. Available for both Android and iOS, the APP will also allow payment for parking.  This will make it much easier for the citizens to park in the central parking area, thus reduce search time, traffic and consequently the pollution generated by vehicle congestion.

 

Application to know the available places and to pay the parking.

 

On the other hand, the system will allow an optimization of the management of the regulated parking area. Thanks to this solution the regulated zone staff will be informed when a parked vehicle has exceeded the time limit, which in this case is a maximum of 2 hours. It will avoid cars parked indefinitely, favoring the rotation of vehicles, as well as efficiency in the use, management and results of the regulated area.

 

 

This project, the fourth deployed with Urbiotica technology in Brazil, adds Bento to the cities implementing an urban mobility improvement plan, which is currently one of the main concerns and focuses of action in the country. This Smart City project also means clear progress and modernization for the city.

 

Other links of interest:

Urbiotica

Smart Parking solutions

Other smart parking projects

Rek Parking

 

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Interview with Roberto García (Dinycon Sistemas)

 

Urbiotica had the pleasure to interview the CEO of Dinycon Sistemas. He gave us all the details about his experience deploying our parking solutions for their projects.

Dinycon is an engineering company with extensive experience integrating mobility solutions for people and vehicles.

 

Roberto, how did you get to know Urbiotica?

We came to Urbiotica because the market was demanding technological solutions and logically we valued the existing solutions and those that best suited that demand. In this path of research, we began to have the first conversations, then some first projects, and from there on we began to work with you. To date, there are already 3 or 4 projects of a certain magnitude deployed with your technology.

 

Have you had experience with other similar systems? Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others? 

We have tested other systems based on image analysis technologies, but they were not as mature as Urbiotica’s solution. We have also examined wired solutions, by means of conduits and with the same aim, but we had some problems with the civil works, the maintenance and the precision of the system. This is why we finally chose Urbiotica’s solution. It is much easier to deploy thanks to its autonomous sensors, which have a useful life of many years. We have already worked with the Urbiotica system for several projects and it has proved to be reliable and work very well.

 

Variable Message Sign and citizens of Aranda de Duero.

 

Tell us about the latest project recently deployed in Aranda de Duero. You installed 272 U-Spot sensors to capture occupation information and transmit it through digital panels to drivers, thus improving mobility and user satisfaction. Could you give us feedback on the Urbiotica system installed there?

The system deployed has been the largest we’ve done so far. A major logistical planning had to be done with EYSA, the operator of the regulated area. In this case, all this has been deployed in the city center due to the level of saturation in the parking zone. During the entire deployment of the communications infrastructure, we were supported by one of your technicians to define the details of it. Your engineers were also with us for the plans and then we nuanced and precised all the location of these points.

The system has been working well and the panels are giving the corresponding information. I could also say that we have spoken with the regulated area parking operator and we have been told that they have already started to see positive results because they have detected that areas that were previously empty are now getting more rotation.

 

How Was Your Experience of Urbiotica’s Technical Support Throughout the Process?

The technical support you have given us in this and all previous installations has been excellent.  They have always been willing to help us. It’s very nice to have remote support to lend a hand when you’re in the field with a problem.  In moments when problems arose, they helped us to solve them in an agile way. We are very satisfied.

 

Tell us about the final client, EYSA and the City Council of Aranda. Are they satisfied with the solution deployed? What are the improvements or benefits of this system for them and the citizens?

The city council is delighted with the system and satisfied because it represents a technological deployment that positions Aranda as a pioneering Smart City in its area.

For EYSA the deployment of the system is also positive. The parking operator confirms that they have seen improvements and the parking areas are being used much more. With this project, they see an increase in the use of the regulated area and therefore notice an improvement in the results and an economic benefit of the operation.

Right now, citizens are in the adaptation phase. They are becoming familiar with the tools that are provided to find parking more quickly. In towns like Aranda, citizens have their customs and have to adapt little by little to the changes as they see the benefit of using it.

 

Variable Message Sign in Aranda de Duero.

 

Finally, could you give us your general valuation of the relationship and the attention you received from Urbiotica?

It’s fine in every way. We don’t have any complaints, on the contrary, we like it and we are happy to be able to collaborate with companies like Urbiotica. I insist that it is important to have all the support. Especially in the moments of deployment when you are in the field working on the installation.

 

 

Other interesting links:

 

Urbiotica

More about Dinycon

Smart parking solutions

Other smart parking projects

Aranda del Duero

 

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Aranda del Duero Town Council deploys 272 Urbiotica parking sensors in its Smart City project

 

The city council of Aranda del Duero joins the Spanish cities that install parking sensors in their desire to become smart cities. The local council seeks to improve mobility with this innovative technology, based on reducing by 30% the traffic that is estimated to circulate in the center of the city in search of parking spaces.

 

This ambitious Smart Cities project was included in the renovation of the regulated on-street parking management (allocated to the operator EYSA), with a clear objective of reducing pollution and driver discomfort, as well as to boost local commerce through improved mobility in the center. The concessionaire commissioned the integration of the project to Dinycon, an engineering company specialized in mobility solutions, who in turn chose Urbiotica’s technology as the basis of the data collection that today feeds the entire system implemented.

 

“We have tested other systems based on image analysis technologies, but they were not as mature as Urbiotica’s solution. We have also examined wired solutions with the same objective and we had problems with the civil works, the maintenance and the precision of the system. This is why we finally chose Urbiotica’s solution, which is easier to deploy thanks to its autonomous sensors, which have a useful life of many years. We have already worked with the Urbiotica system for several projects and it has been proving to us that it is reliable and works very well

 

Roberto Garía, CEO of Dinycon Sistemas

 

 

Dinycon commissioned Urbiotica with the 272 U-Spot sensors needed to install in the parking spaces of the regulated parking area with the mission of sending data in real time to the system of variable message signs and applications for users and managers, provided by the integrator. The data captured by the sensors is transformed into useful information to transmit the availability of free spaces in strategic points of the city, so that the driver can go directly to the area with parking possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Roberto Garcia: “The system works well. The panels transmit information accurately and you can see an improvement in traffic in the center and a better efficiency in the use of parking spaces.

 

This new system has clear benefits for the citizen. The streamlining of parking translates into a better experience for users being able to move quicker and more comfortably to the area, involving less stress and lower fuel consumption. In addition, it means an improvement for their health, both in terms of the reduction in the pollution generated by vehicle emissions as in the noise caused by excessive traffic.

 

On the other hand, managers are able to have real-time data on mobility in the area that allows them to plan and define improvement plans. It optimises the use of parking spaces and has greater control over the regulated zone. The citizens are satisfied with the improvements implemented, as well as the local commerce that sees the results in an increase in the affluence.

 

“The city council is delighted with the system and satisfied because it represents a technological deployment that positions Aranda as a pioneering smart city in the region.

For Eysa the deployment of the system is also positive. The concessionaire of the regulated parking area confirms that they have noticed improvements and the parking areas are being used much more. With this project they see an increase in the use of the parking area and therefore they see an improvement in the results and an economic benefit of the exploitation.

The citizen is now becoming familiar with the changes and in an adaptation phase. In towns like Aranda, citizens have their customs and have to adapt little by little to the changes as they see the benefit of using it.”

 

                      © noticiasaranda

 

 

Other interesting links:

 

Urbiotica

More about Dinycon

Smart parking solutions

Other smart parking projects

Aranda del Duero

 

 

 

 

LUGO SMART joins the smart cities in Spain that improve mobility by deploying Urbiotica parking solutions

Lugo is committed to becoming a Smart City in a macro project promoted by the Galician town council that aims to transform the town by setting different objectives, such as improving the quality of life of the inhabitants and the efficiency of public services and promote the participation and transparency for citizens through new channels of information collection and dissemination.

Lugo Smart has the backing of RED.es, which finances 60% of the 4.1M euros that this project represents. A joint venture has been created as a technological partner of Lugo City Council, in which Minsait (Indra), R Cable and Altia participate in an alliance.

Smart management of outdoor parking spaces and waste collection are some of the vertical services that will be developed. Through the integrator Colabora, 200 Urbiotica U-Spot sensors will be installed in the outdoor parking spaces of the Rúa Doutor García Portela area, as well as in the public parking of the Lugo City Council offices.

This solution will detect the presence or not of vehicles in each of the spots. This information will be used to transmit to citizens in real time the parking space availability in these areas through 2 information panels that will have solar power. The project also contemplates the development of an app for citizens through which users will also be able to consult the status in real time. This solution will reduce the time spent by vehicles searching for a place to park and, consequently, congestion and polluting emissions.

Lugo joins the pack of smart cities that have opted for the reliability of the Urbiotica system for outdoor parkings to improve the mobility and well-being of their inhabitants. Badajoz, Palamós, Alzira, Calvià, Aranda del Duero or Guadalajara, among many other Spanish cities, have done the same before.

 

Find out more:

 

More about Urbiotica

Urbiotica smart parking solutions

Other smart parking projects in Spain

More information about Colabora

RED.es

Indra Company press release

Urbiotica continues to lead the Smart Parking market in Germany thanks to MSR Traffic

Urbiotica’s Outdoor Parking sensing system keeps its first place with regards to the outdoor Smart Parking technologies used in Germany, thanks to the new projects deployed there during 2018 by means of our partner and distributor in the area, MSR-Traffic. A dozen of new projects for both public (cities) and private customers (companies and supermarkets) were installed in 2018, summing up a total of 10.000 outdoor spaces monitored in the region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) since 2013.

Among them, cities like Erfurt, Dingolfing, and Pfaffenhofen have made a step forward to their Smart City goals through the acquisition of outdoor guidance systems based on U-Spot single space detections and U-Flow counting solutions. Today they deliver real-time parking information to drivers, which facilitate the search for free parking spots and thus improve the mobility experience and citizen satisfaction.

Urbiotica’ solutions for outdoor vehicle detection are the ideal complement to MSR-Traffic core products, which include indoor detection sensors, guidance VMS and parking management software. The strengths of the integrated solution offered, covering all parking guidance needs, haven’t been overcome yet.

Another good example of both technical and functional complementarity of the partnership is the project of Bad Zurzach, the famous Swiss thermal station where citizens, visitors, and public authorities were very unsatisfied because of the lack of parking information which was resulting in traffic congestions, loss of time, stress and forbidden parking in the area. The system implemented by MSR-Traffic composed of single space detection sensors and Variable Message Signs has greatly helped to improve the situation and now is giving full relief and well-being to the thermal site owner.

Photo credit: Aargauer Zeitung

 

Harald Schmitt, CEO of MSR-Traffic, looks back over the 5 years of the partnership: “MSR-Traffic and Urbiotica have been pioneers of their kind and have been growing together through the deployment of many projects over the last years, to reach an excellent level of offering today. The combination of single space and counting systems gives us many possibilities for outdoor parking spaces, and the flexibility offered by both hardware network and software architecture combined to our own products allows us to offer quality and competitive seamless solutions to our customers.”

2019 is already shaping up to be excellent for the partnership thanks to the confirmation of several new customers, as well as extensions of existing projects. Keep posted!

 

More information:

News A Argauer Zeitung

About MSR

Urbiotica

Urbiotica Smart Parking Solutions

Urbiotica Smart Parking projects

 

Urbioticas’ 2018 smart parking projects in Spain.

Spain is massively adopting Smart Parking systems to enhance the drivers’ journey into towns’ city centers. In 2018, many parking operators and cities have invested in outdoor guidance solutions to help people reduce the time looking for a free spot. Badajoz, Palamos, Alzira, Aranda del Duero or Guadalajara are examples of cities that have decided to modernize their parking approach through the deployment of U-Spot single space parking sensors for on-street spaces and efficient Variable Message Signs to deliver real-time parking information to drivers and thus improve the mobility experience and citizen satisfaction.

 

 

Besides the evident direct benefit for the citizens, the mobility decision-makers also make the most of the detailed and reliable historical information delivered by the U-Admin Control Center. It allows them to define further parking policies based on parking occupancy, amount of rotations and average sessions time evolutions.

 

Moreover than surfing on the Smart City wave, the consolidation of Urbiotica in the Spanish market is given thanks to the increased confidence of both cities and system integrators in its parking solutions. This is due to years of developments delivering optimal detection reliability, system robustness, and a unique end-to-end approach from the sensing to the information publishing, with no extra developments required. A long experience handing the end customers the key to manage their own outdoor parking guidance systems in an easy way.

 

2019 is beginning on the right foot with some new ambitious deployments already confirmed by cities such as Las Palmas, Alcala de Henares, Valencia or Lugo. These projects will also allow Urbiotica to deliver key improvements and add new use cases of which we will surely inform you all along the year!

 

 

More information:

 

Urbiotica

 

Urbiotica Smart Parking Solutions

 

Calvià smart parking guidance solution

 

L’Escala smart parking guidance solution

 

Eivissa smart parking guidance solution

 

Castellón smart parking guidance solution

 

Teruel smart parking control solution

 

Martorell public hospital parking guidance solution

 

Magnetic sensors or loops to monitor and inform on the availability of parking spaces in off-street parking areas?

The solution to monitor off-street parking designed by Urbiotica offers an efficient and highly reliable way to obtain availability in delimited facilities with clear entrances and exits.

The system calculates the available spaces based on the maximum capacity of the facility with respect to the vehicles entering and leaving the parking area. The parking solution uses magnetic sensors, which generate useful information to guide drivers through mobile apps and VMS in their key decision-making points towards these areas and alleviate traffic in city centers.

It offers many advantages compared to other solutions such as induction loops, historically used for the same purpose:

  • Simple installation:
    • No wiring required
    • Hardly any civil work needed
    • Just one gateway  required per facility, no matter  the number of existing lanes
  • No maintenance:
    • No need for calibration
    • No risk of cable cutting
    • Simple uninstallation and reinstallation when civil work is performed in the facility
    • Extensive 10-year lifetime

Besides these benefits, Urbiotica has developed a set of additional functionalities that stand out from similar solutions:

  • Driving way detection (with 2 sensors)
  • Automatic and continuous calibration and system correction factor to maintain information reliability above 95%. Mobile tool to set-up periodically the real parking occupancy
  • Full compatibility to work in combination with U-Spot single space detection sensor for reserved space monitoring, among others.
  • Full integration with guidance VMS and mobile app for off-the-shelf deployments
  • System management and data analytics through U-Admin platform

U-Flow Parking is already used by public and private parking today in more than 10 countries. Therefore, it’s helping drivers, employees and commercial area customers reduce the time looking for a parking space and thus the associated traffic, contamination and user frustration.

 

Harald Schmitt, CEO & Owner at MSR-Group GmbH, a major parking actor in Germany and Austria and one of the oldest users of the U-Flow Parking solution, testifies:

“We are deploying dozens of parking guidance systems every year.  Off-street parking had always been a headache for us when we used to deploy induction loop systems because of the operational difficulties and the poor information generated. We have tried several innovation alternatives in the last years until  Urbiotica’s U-Flow Parking solution finally brought us a reliable, robust and complete solution to offer to our customers’ useful information for their off-street parking areas.”

 

Jordi Casasayas, Arquitecto técnico de l’Ajuntament de Martorell, satisfied user of the U-Flow Parking solution since 2016, testifies:

“We realized that we had to indicate the availability of parking spaces to the users of the new hospital parking area. It is hidden beneath the building and barely had any visibility from the street. I studied the different market options and ended choosing U-Flow parking solution.

It was the only turnkey solution offering me the flexibility I needed:

  • It allowed us to install the controller close to the power supply source available without extra wiring
  • 3 VMS are installed in different city locations and connected by 3G
  • Our library’s off-street parking and our barrier system are also connected to the platform informatically.
  • I manage everything from a single web page.

After an initial learning period, the free spot information is really reliable despite more than 5.000 vehicles use the 200 parking spaces every week.”

 

 

 

More information:

Urbiotica

Smart Parking Solutions

Other smart parking projects implemented

 

 

More than 3300 U-Spot sensors prepared for the Smart City project in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is making good progress towards sustainable mobility within the framework of a large Smart City project promoted by the City Council and Red.es. Urbiotica has been selected by UTE INDRA – SATOCAN to collaborate in the Smart parking vertical of this macro project of the technological revolution of the island: LPA intelligence Blue.

 

LPA Inteligencia Azul plans to implement several innovative actions, including the intelligent management of public parking spaces. For this action, the municipal company SAGULPA, as responsible for the management of municipal car parks (regulated and public areas), will implement more than 3300 U-Spot sensors in the parking area, which will capture real-time information on the occupation of spaces. This data will allow users to be informed of the availability of parking in the different areas through the information panels and by using the LPAPark APP. On the other hand, they will provide the parking management company with data related to the real use of the parking spaces in order to optimize their management and the efficiency of the car park.

 

We are very pleased to have been selected for this project because it is the largest implementation of Smart Parking systems in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. The key to being included:

– Experience in the implementation of large integral projects

– Sensing as a Service approach that allows the system to be installed without the need to remove parked vehicles or interrupt service to citizens.

– Guaranteed calibration of sensors over time without human intervention.

 

More about:

Urbiotica

Smart Parking Solutions

Other projects implemented

LPA Inteligencia Azul

LPAPark of Sagulpa

 

 

Belgium is progressively adopting U-Flow parking solution for P+R

Belgium is one of the densest countries in Europe and has an exceptional architectural heritage to protect with beautiful city centers. The Belgian capital, for example, was renowned for gridlock and every day 225.000 people commuted into the city spending an average of 3 days and 11 hours a year stuck in traffic. Therefore, decision-makers’ years ago adopted and developed P+R (park & ride) solutions to offer an effective multimodality solution for drivers coming from the outskirts and willing to access the city centers.

To promote these wide, free and barrierless facilities, an increasing number of cities chose U-Flow Parking solution to monitor the parking availability in real time by using counting sensors at the parking entrances and exits, and thus inform it to drivers through mobile apps and VMS in their key decision-making points.

 

 

5 cities and one shopping center are already using the solution on a daily basis. They indicate the free space options and help drivers take the right mobility decision. In total, more than 10 parking facilities are making the most of the simplicity and completeness of the solution.

The real-time information, once transformed in historical data analytics, also helps the mobility managers and city planners study in detail the use of each parking: vehicles flow at peak hours, occupancy overtime, special events use, are some of the key information making possible the analysis of past and current situation to decide better where and when investments are required.

All projects have been deployed and integrated by Be-Mobile, the belgian leader for smart mobility solutions.

More about Urbiotica

More about Be-Mobile

More Smart Parking Solutions

More Smart Parking Projects

 

Urbiotica will be attending CPA to support Electromega in the comercial launch of its smart parking solutions in Canada 

Urbiotica will be present at the next annual parking conference (CPA) taking place next September 16th in Toronto to support its new partner in Canada, Electromega, in the exhibition of its smart parking solutions.

CPA is the largest parking event in Canada. It brings together professionals from a broad spectrum of the parking and mobility industry using the topic: Parking, the urban mobility perspective.

Electromega, as market leader in the definition and implementation of smart solutions for parking vehicles, opted for our technology to complete its range of parking products. The integrator has already achieved great results in the first projects implemented, as is the case of the city of Burlington or other pilots installed in Ontario and Quebec, where the technology has once again demonstrated its reliability operating in very extreme weather conditions.

In the 2018 edition of the CPA, Electromega will present our smart parking solutions at stand 116/118. Visits can be booked in advance by sending an email to info@urbiotica.com

Otros enlaces de interés:

Urbiotica

 Annual parking conference in Toronto

Smart parking solutions

Proyectos de Smart parking implantados

 

 

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